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01-18-2011, 12:35 PM
Join Date: Jul 2004
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Not every hit is deserving of an instigator, but less than a minute left in the game and possibly the most valuable asset on the blueline gets hammered dangerously into the boards it is a no-brainer IMO. I have no issue with the hit, I have an issue that Prust eyed up Timonen and labeled him into the boards in a dangerous position. If Timonen had been injured and 8-10 weeks on the IR would folks still be so casual?
Why wouldn't Prust eye up Timonen? That's exactly who you WANT to hit if your the opposition.
The idea that guys like Prust aren't going to do that if you go and fight them is completely ridiculous. Guys like Prust justify their roster spot (and thus job) by being willing to go and do that. That's the fallacy of the enforcer and response... if guys like Prust could be cowed by a response from the other team, then they wouldn't be in the NHL and someone else would be.
Do you really not think there is someone else in the AHL that can pop 20-25 pts a year? Prust's job description is to go hit guys like Timonen. He's not going to stop doing that.
So, you have two options:
1) Give up the faulty belief that you are going to stop that from happening by engaging in stupid activities that can only hurt your own team further.
2) Keep shouting into the wind about the "protection" a team needs to offer for those types of plays.
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